A Republican Walks Into a San Francisco Bar…

Mother Jones

On the evening that 80 percent of San Francisco voters elected Nancy Pelosi, the town’s few Republicans hunkered down in Marina District bar Eastside West to watch the national results roll in. A light-up “Don’t Tread on Me” pin blinked red and blue from one coat lapel. “This bar is an island of sanity!” shouted one GOPer, waving his arms wildly near an empty beer glass. “In a peninsula—a peninsula of…” his voice trailed off.

He meant: A peninsula of almost no Republicans. Of every ten San Francisco voters, about five are registered Democrats. Three decline to state their political affiliations. And less than one is Republican. Less than one? Is that even possible?

It’s not easy being red in the Bay Area.

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